He grew up in a tough neighborhood and was as mean as they were. He had to be or have the shit beat out of him regularly.
He learned to fight dirty, to hurt, to cause all of the other kids to leave him alone.
Ray Davis was from a poor family, his father worked as a Brick Layer on construction work. His mother worked as a cashier at a Drug Store near where they lived.
Ray was a good student in school. He made straight A report cards.
His teachers liked the quiet boy, he had a brilliant mind and good attitude in school.
Ray's grades earned him a scholarship to a local college and with what he earned at part time jobs, he graduated with honors.
Ray had not known what he wanted to do with himself after college.
Ray decided to join the army. He got into Special Forces and they made a tough kid into a really mean tough man.
Ray excelled at every thing the Army had to teach him. He became a dangerous weapon.
Ray met a Black dude from his home town, Birmingham Alabama, while in Special Forces.
Sargent Abraham Carter was an instructor in hand to hand. He delighted in bruising ' white boys'. Ray took Abe's abuse for a few days then nearly tore his arm off.
Instead of getting mad at Ray, Abe told him he was the only 'white boy' that had ever been able to hurt him. That evening they met at the beer hall.
Abe and Ray became close friends.
Abe's enlistment ended, he decided to leave the Army after six years. His uncle was suffering from fatal cancer and wanted Abe to take over his business.
Abe's uncle owned a Night Club. From it he operated a string of around a dozen whores and was dealing in drugs.
Abe left the Army long enough before his uncle's death to learn the ropes. Abe had to slap around a few of the whores. Abe had to half kill a few guys that wanted to move in.
Abe's uncle had him connected to sources of drugs and women before he died.
He knew who to pay off at city hall so he could operate.
Abe started making the business larger before his uncle was gone.
Abe had been out of the Army nearly a year before Ray took his discharge.
They had kept in touch and Ray looked Abe up several days after he got home to Birmingham.
Abe offered Ray a job helping him run his business. Ray told Abe he would be out of place trying to do that. A 'white boy' would never fit into a Black owned vice operation.
Ray had a drink with Abe and promised to keep in touch.
He did, about once a month Ray would drop in to visit Abe and have a drink. Each time Abe would offer Ray a free session with one of the whores. Ray would thank Abe but refuse.
Ray took a job with a stock brokerage house. In a year he had learned all he needed to know about stocks and bonds. He was good at his job.
Ray had a really nice apartment and was driving a Town Car.
Ray felt he was secure in his profession and began thinking of finding a woman to marry and have his kids.
There was a sensational blond assistant to one of the associates of the firm that caught Ray's attention. She could have been a Playboy center fold.
Eve Landers had a brilliant mind as well as a beautiful body.
( Her beauty had made her a snob.)
Ray finally got her to have a date with him. A few times that evening he made her laugh at his clean jokes. He took her to the most expensive place in town for dinner and dancing. A quick kiss at her door was his thanks for the evening.
Eve played her cards well, she had Ray proposing marriage in three months.
They got married and had a brief honeymoon at Bimini
They had a simple wedding, Ray's parents came. Eve only had two girls from the office to attend. Six or eight of Ray's friends came.
Ray thought she wanted to have children.
She let him believe that.
Eve was not very accomplished with sex.
She let Ray believe that he was nearly her first man to go to bed with.
Ray thought he could teach her how to provide him with good sex. Eve had all of the right equipment.
They returned and Eve moved in to Ray's larger apartment.
Eve showed no interest in learning how to give head, that was nasty and perverted. She liked for Ray to 'go down' on her though.
Eve got mad when Ray requested that she hump back at him while having intercourse in the missionary position.
When he tried to take her from behind, doggy fashion she called him a pervert.
When Ray found her birth control pills, Eve told Ray that it would be several years before she would ruin her figure by having any brats.
Ray still thought he had married a Queen.
Two weeks after the wedding Eve convinced Ray to take out an insurance policy for a million dollars. She showed him that the rates at his age ( 23 ) were cheaper than when they did have children in a few years.
Ray thought it a good idea for the sake of the children he wanted to have.
Sex between them became a Saturday night thing. Eve would have a head ache, be too tired or any one of a hundred other excuses when Ray felt amorous.
She acted as if she could care less but that she was doing a wife's duty on Saturday nights.
Three months after they were married Ray realized he had made a mistake. Nothing he did pleased Eve. She found fault with every thing about him. There were arguments over nothing. She bickered and bitched about every thing.
If any food was cooked Ray cooked it.
She had moved his things into the spare bedroom. She said she could not sleep well with Ray in 'HER' bed.
That bed room had a tiny bath and only a full size bed. The one she lived in had a Queen size bed. Ray was six foot four, his feet hung off the foot of his new bed.
Ray began making plans for filing for a divorce, he said nothing to Eve about that.
He really needed an excuse for a divorce.
He hired a Private Investigator to check Eve's past.
Nothing much there, Eve had run away from home in Nashville at age sixteen, she had hitched a ride to Birmingham. Eve had gotten a job as a waitress in a greasy spoon working evenings and was pretty enough to make good tips. Eve had finished High School that way and earned a scholarship to college. She had worked evenings and with the money she earned and some PAC grants she had finished college.
Eve had run away from a broken home in Nashville and lived in the Birmingham Y W C A until she graduated from college and got a job.
Her credit was good, she had borrowed seven thousand dollars from her bank the week before and then withdrawn three more from her savings account.
Ray wondered what Eve needed ten thousand dollars for.
Eve began going out often in the evenings, she said she was meeting friends and going to the movies. Most of the time Eve was coming in late. Ray would already be in bed. The few times he got up when she came in, he could smell booze on her breath.
Ray dropped in to see Abe one evening.
Abe told Ray that he had listened in on a conversation between two Black men that came in regularly.
( Abe had all of the tables 'bugged'. )
He had heard them talking about being approached by a yellow haired Honkey gal that wanted to have a guy meet his maker.
They had agreed to do the 'hit' for ten thousand dollars.
Those guys had followed her home, they did not trust her. The deal was that she would pay them five thousand before the job was done and the rest a week after the 'hit' was made.
Abe asked Ray if he knew any one living in apartment 694 in the Valley Avenue Apartments.
( That was Ray's apartment )
Ray said he didn't even know where those apartments were.
Ray asked Abe when the hit was to take place.
Abe said it was to happen on Wednesday night four weeks away. The woman was going to be out of town for a month while the hit was made.
Ray left soon, he had a lot of thinking to do. He could set a trap and kill the guys Eve had hired to make the 'hit'. They would try to make it look like a robbery that went wrong.
If he killed them he was going to get his name in the papers. He would have a mess to clean up in his apartment and Eve would be out of town, acting innocent.
It would be better to NOT let it happen.
Ray went home not certain what to do.
When he got to the apartment Ray searched until he found that ten thousand.
That left no doubt in his mind that Eve was going to have him killed to collect on the million dollar insurance policy on his life.
Ray took the money and put the shoe box it had been hidden in back where he found it.
Later when Eve came home he faked being deep in sleep.
The next morning Eve told Ray she was taking a month off from her job and going on a cruise. Eve said she wanted some time to decide if she wanted to stay married to him or break it up.
Ray put on a show of surprise and sorrow at her statement.
He asked when she was leaving and if she her plans were made.
Eve told Ray she had already told her boss and was going by the travel agency to pay her fare the first of next week.
She was going to fly to Miami Wednesday of next week. She would be gone for nearly a month.
That was on a Thursday morning.
Friday afternoon Ray left work early. He had decided what he would do.
Ray went to Abe's club. Abe was behind the bar. There was another Bartender and the place was nearly empty. Ray asked Abe if he could talk with him in private. Abe led Ray to his plush office.
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